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PohlKoivonenMentor's effort to help city in Finland after WWII becomes Concord man's project

Janet Podolak/JPodolak@News-Herald.com

Since traveling to Finland last year to visit the rural hometowns of his grandparents, Ron Toivonen has experienced many goose-bump coincidences. They’ve served to reconnect the 76-year-old Concord Township man with his Mentor past and a community-wide post-World War II effort to help an impoverished town in Finland.
Upon his return from that life-altering trip to the homeland of his ancestors, Toivonen got involved with the Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor.
A deceased amateur historian and genealogist had left the museum dozens....Click here for the rest of the story.

In the picture above, Ron Toivonen points to his father in a 1949 picture discovered in a scrapbook by Kathie Pohl, city of Mentor communications director. She was given the scrapbook while researching for the book “Mentor: The First 200 Years,” which includes a story about the project undertaken by Mentor residents to help the the people of Suolahti, Finland. This story is provided by Janet Podolak and the News Herald.

UPDATE: KATHIE POHL VISITS FHM TO PRESENT HISTORICAL INFORMATION

pohlKathie Pohl paid a visit to the Finnish Heritage Museum on July 14, and formally presented the Suolahti File to Ron Toivonen.  She explained why she was there and the circumstances behind the donation.  Ron Toivonen accepted the information and vowed that he would complete the project. 

 

Incidentally, Kathie Pohl retired from Mentor, Ohio where she successfully directed Mentor's marketing and community relations for twenty five years.  She has accepted the position of Fairport Harbor's new economic development director.  She obviously has some great contacts at FHM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

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